University Footballs | Haas Customer Success Story
Founded in 2020 by Jesse Exler, University Footballs creates keepsake metal footballs that can be personalized with team logos, company names, or custom designs. Each piece of memorabilia is crafted locally in the company’s Pittsburgh machine shop, where they transform raw aluminum into weighted, engraved, and painted or plated footballs to celebrate their customers’ love of the game.
“These footballs are beautiful pieces of art that you can buy for yourself, or as a gift for your football-fan friend who has everything,” says Jesse Exler.
University Footballs relies on Haas machines to create these one-of-a-kind pieces, and grow their business. See what they have to say about the Haas difference.
How we use Haas Machines:
We use our VF-2SS with a Haas 4th axis to its full potential, the way it was designed to work. Fixturing multiple parts on the 4th axis allows us to machine several sides and surfaces of our parts, without having to re-fixture for secondary operations. We use the high-speed machining feature extensively. The look-ahead and fast processing speed of the Haas control enable quicker cycle times, when it comes to simultaneous 4-axis machining.
How Haas machines impact our process:
Haas machines play a major role in our creative process. The capabilities of our VF-2SS allow us to design more freely, because we know the mill can machine the parts the way we need it to. Haas has done a great job making our G-code machine easily understandable and user friendly. That translates to time saved in the shop, with higher productivity, and working in a much more efficient manner.
Solutions provided by Haas machines:
We were hesitant to order the Wireless Intuitive Probing System, having never used one before. When the guys at the Haas Factory Outlet showed us how easy Haas made it to use the probe, we were sold on the idea. We’re really glad that we made the decision to get one. Using the probe to pick up start points, and to check parts, makes it well worth having. It's a time saver, and also helps eliminate mistakes. The way we see it, there is a University Football in every casting. Our Haas mill allows us to set that ball free for every customer to enjoy.